Learning To Always Forgive
Ephesians 4:32 – And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
In our key scripture, Paul was exhorting the church in Ephesus to do some really important things and he ended with “forgive one another, just as God forgave you”. It can be difficult at times to forgive, I mean truly forgive. I’m not talking about playing cool or acting nice in public to someone who hurt you, I’m talking about forgiving totally in your heart. It can be hard to forgive especially in cases of jilt; someone you were in a relationship with did something that hurt you so badly, even made you cry and sad for many days or weeks. No matter what someone might have done to you, God expects you to forgive that person. Why? Because He forgave you. When Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray, He said “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. He made a link between God forgiving us and we forgiving others.
Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Now this doesn’t mean you are not forgiven in Christ, you are, but the fruit of your forgiveness is that you also forgive others. You cannot claim to be forgiven, yet allow your heart be filled with hate and anger. No matter what someone might have done to you, you need to forgive that person.
As believers, we are being conformed to the image of Christ, that means, we are like Christ and Christ is a forgiver. If God was to consider the magnitude of our sins, He might not have forgiven us, but He doesn’t consider what we did, once you receive Christ’s life, you also receive His forgiveness. That’s how Christians should also behave. I don’t know who might have wronged you but I ask you today to please forgive, make that deliberate effort to forgive that person and you’ll feel the burden associated with unforgiveness taken off you. God bless you.
Dear Lord, please help me to forgive others just as you have forgiven me, Amen.
Author – Andy